May 24, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

Let me continue:
But since the days of the Great Charter never has it been possible on British soil to rob a man of his liberty, his property or his honour, except under the safeguard of what has been termed in this debate technical expressions, and legal subtleties.
Those are not my words, Mr. Chairman, but I gladly re-echo them tonight. They are the words of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Another great man 22 centuries ago said this:
There is no free state where the laws are not supreme.
Those are the words of Aristotle. We in this House of Commons operate under laws. We call them our standing orders, our rules of debate. With all the seriousness I can command I submit that standing order 78(1) is being violated by the motion the minister now seeks to make, and that this house has the responsibility to consider the strict wording of standing order 78(1). If any precedents improperly established earlier today stand in the way, I submit it is our moral obligation to re-examine those precedents in line with the quotation I gave a while ago from Henry Clay.
So, Mr. Chairman, I urge that you give this matter your most serious consideration. I point out also, for I said that I based my position with respect to the invalidity of this motion on two grounds-

Topic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CORPORATION
Subtopic:   CONSTITUTION OF CROWN COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT PIPE LINE, MAKE SHORT-TERM LOANS, ETC.
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